HELENDALE – A 49-year-old Helendale man was arrested for false imprisonment for holding a female victim against her will on Tuesday. Deputies received a call to report the incident at around 9:15 a.m. When they arrived at the home that is located in the area of Silver Lakes Parkway and Mountain Springs Road they could hear a female screaming from inside the home.
When they knocked on the door no one answered and no one answered the phone. Deputies continued in their attempt to make contact with the occupants of the home and called for backup units to respond to the home. “It really was scary,” said neighbor, Rose Haas. “This was a several hour ordeal.” Hass said that the couple only moved into the home a few months prior to the incident.
After two hours, Johnny Mac Whitworth exited the home and was taken into custody. Through further investigation, deputies learned that the female victim was assaulted and was not allowed to leave the home following the assault. The victim had minor injuries, which authorities said did not require medical attention.
Whitworth was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for false imprisonment, criminal threats, and causing injury to a spouse or cohabitant. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Craig Vanden-Bossche at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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